When you travel to foreign countries, it usually comes with challenges. Not speaking the language, difficulty understanding road signs and how to pay for petrol. Even something as simple as ordering a meal can be challenging when you don’t know the language.
Warmth and kindness is uplifting. Whether it is in attempting greetings on the street or getting help with directions, menus and parking tickets, if you pay attention and make an effort to interact then it will allow you to return home graced with the spirit of la dolce vita (the beautiful life). This will remind you of the joy that comes from relationships and interactions with others. To create joyful surroundings you have to bring joy yourself, and to have friends you have to first be a friend to others. However, each person you encounter while traveling has a story and if you’re looking for it, it’s possible for you to see their warmth and kindness. It’s important to look for how good and beautiful people are, even when you’re at your most vulnerable. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t remain vigilant of your safety. Every day we see negative news and hear frightening stories of terrible human behaviour and this in turn gives us a negative outlook on people/life. In light of that though, negativity is not the majority behaviour of humanity.
Be intentional and conscious as you interact with others today and every day. Enjoy the moment and the impact you can have with each person you encounter, whether a friend or stranger, as you initiate a kind “there you are” quality to your connections with others.
“There are two types of people. Those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am,’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.’” —Frederick Collins